Heat president Pat Riley makes no secret about how he feels about it:
Riley cuts right to the players' core, questioning their 'guts' if they decide to leave. In reality, it's a lot more complicated than that.
This isn't about guts, it's about whether each of the Heat's 'Big 3,' all of whom can opt out and enter free agency if they choose to, really want to stay and think they can win as a leading trio.
The Spurs handled the Heat pretty easily in the Finals this year, after the Heat had already beaten them in the Finals the year before.
It's not like the Heat are hopeless. If they didn't change a thing, they'd still be favorites to win the East and they'd have a solid chance to win the championship.
But is this really what they want to do? The mental pressure clearly got to the Heat at various points throughout the season, and it's possible that they're tired of the pressure that comes along with being the prohibitive favorite.
Pat Riley is catering to these players on a very basic level, almost like they're elementary school students and he's calling them 'chicken' if they leave. Hopefully for their own sake, they can see past that and do what's honestly best for them as individuals. It might be best for them to stay in Miami, and hope that Riley manages to piece together enough quality vets and young guns around them to make it work.
Or maybe it's just time to get out of dodge.